BOS vs LAL Dream11: In this game, two struggling teams who have historically won most titles will clash. The Boston Celtics will host the Los Angeles Lakers in a cross-conference affair. Boston is one under the 50% win record while Lakers has won exactly half of its games so far.
Lakers have struggled big-time without LeBron and in his absence have lost the majority of the games. Rusell Westbrook and Anthony Davis have lodged big numbers but they are not translating into wins. The return of Talen Horton-Tucker has been a relief but overall, once Carmelo Anthony has stopped producing 20+ nights, the unit looks thin.
Celtics and their inability to close out games is a story that is prevalent since last season and this time around, they have fared even worse. Sure, Jaylen Brown’s injury hurts them on both ends but some of the losses have been inexcusable. The team looks without any plan at times and ends up playing catch-up basketball after being down by a large number of points.
Host: Boston Celtics
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 20 November, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: TD Garden
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Celtics: No depth?
When Boston acquired Dennis Schroeder, it looked like a significant upgrade at PG. It indeed has been with the guard averaging around 17 PPG but the Celtics produce only around 106.7 Points per game and shoot just 44% from the floor on average. The team allows around 106 PPG and although the defense is decent, it is not piercing yet. Tatum continues to blitz with his scoring but he hasn’t been at his most efficient. Still, the lack of major swingmen and bigs off the bench has hurt the team too.
Lakers: Can it all be blamed on Westbrook?
Westbrook is averaging around 19 Points and is catching the most flake on this Lakers’ team. But the guard has neither been inefficient nor has turned it over like earlier in the season. One issue has been Malik Monk’s inefficiency and practically little to no output from the bench. Anthony has come back to Earth after his hot start to the season, no more scrapping 20+ points nights anymore, which has surely hurt the team. What can this team do right now with no reserve looking to pull his socks up so far?
LA Lakers| Boston Celtics
Games: 16| 15
Wins: 08| 07
Defeats: 08| 08
Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Boston Celtics News:
- Jaylen Brown is QUESTIONABLE for this game.
- Robert Williams III is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Celtics Expected Starting Five
C: Robert Williams III PF: Al Horford SF: Jayson Tatum
SG: Marcus Smart PG: Dennis Schroeder
BENCH: Payton Pritchard, Bruno Fernando, Sam Hauser, Juancho Hernangomez, Brodric Thomas, Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Enes Kanter, Grant Williams.
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
- LeBron James may RETURN for this game after missing around two weeks
- Austin Reaves is OUT for the game and will miss the next two weeks of action.
- Kendrick Nunn is OUT For the match.
- Trevor Ariza is OUT for the game.
Lakers Expected Starting Five
PF: Carmelo Anthony SF: Avery Bradley C: Anthony Davis
SG: Russell Westbrook PG: Talen Horton-Tucker
BENCH: Wayne Ellington, Deandre Jordan, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Malik Monk, Jay Huff, Sekou Doumbouya.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Jayson is one of the best isolation scorers in the league and puts up the most shots on average for the Celtics. He has scored at least 21 points in each of the last five games, breaching 27 or more points twice. He is one of the options for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
AD continues to be one of the best players on both ends of the floor in the league. The big Forward has scored between 22-34 in four of the last five games while clinching two points-rebounds double-double in that period.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 52-70
Marcus Smart is the hustle guy in this team but can also act as a playmaker, rebounder, and playmaker. He is averaging 3.0 SPG for the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-47
Russell Westbrook (LAL)
While Russell Westbrook hasn’t had a very bright beginning to his Lakers career, he has shown some improvements lately. The guard has scored 20 to 25 points in three of the last five games and has also clasped double-digits assists and rebounds twice in that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-55
Dennis Schroeder (BOS)
Schroeder has stepped up his offensive game after being inserted into the starting line-up in absence of Jaylen Brown. He has had scored 38, 28, 20 in three games out of the last five.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-39
Talen Horton Tucker(LAL)
Talen Horton Tucker has injected a wealth of life into the Lakers starting five. The guard is averaging a stellar 23.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG in the last three games after coming back from injury.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
BOS vs LAL LINEUP BALANCERS
- Carmelo Anthony(LAL) scooped up 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game.
- Al Horford(BOS) lined up 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game.
- Malik Monk(LAL) hoarded 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist 2 blocks, 2 steals in the last game.
- Grant Williams(BOS) hoarded 18 points, 6 rebounds in the last game.
- Rajon Rondo(LAL) lined up 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game.
- Josh Richardson(BOS) scrapped 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game.
- LeBron James(LAL) may return for this game.
BOS vs LAL Dream11 Team
PG: D Schroeder, R Westbrook(PP)
SG: M Smart, T Horton-Tucker
SF: G Williams
PF: J Tatum (SP), C Anthony
C: A Horford
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